What French Girls Are Actually Wearing

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Our obsession with French women stems from their effortless approach to style (which somehow implies they concern themselves with activities more important than getting dressed). Arguably, the antithesis of this vibe is doggedly copying someone’s look from head to toe. Therefore, rather than reaching for the stereotypical striped boatneck sweater and red lipstick this Bastille Day, try these modern updates instead. We’re pretty sure the French would agree that subtle tribute is far more chic than straight-out imitation.

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Rhea Suede Point-Toe Flats

$545

Paul Andrew

Try a pointed d'Orsay style instead of a traditional ballet flat.

L’Absolu Rouge in Merlot

$31

Lancome

Switch the matte poppy red lipstick for a hydrating wine-hued option.

Maverick Jean In Satisfaction

$195

Mother

Instead of a black skinny jean, try a high-waisted, loose-fitting culotte in a vintage wash.

Python Skinny Scarf

$78

Henri Bendel

A fresh alternative to the printed neck scarf is a long, skinny version wrapped around the neck once.

Trade the classic pointed pump for a lace-up style you can pair with jeans and romantic dresses.

Sac 1 Tote

$75

Soeur

Try a straw top-handle tote for a vintage-inspired alternative to the ubiquitous leather shoulder bag.

Striped Shirt

$47

Front Row Shop

Opt for a striped top in lightweight poplin in lieu of a bateau tee.

Dalziel Sunglasses

$510

Barton Perreira

This sporty shape has overtaken the traditional cat eye as the French-girl favorite.